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Le tableau (2011)

Not Rated | | Animation, Adventure, Drama | 10 May 2013 (USA)
Three characters of different social classes escape their unfinished painting in search of the Painter, hoping he will complete it.

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Nicky Baker (Adaptation), Jean-François Laguionie | 2 more credits »

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Cast

Credited cast:
Jean Barney Jean Barney ... (voice)
Chloé Berthier Chloé Berthier ... (voice)
JB Blanc ... The Painter / Venice Painter (voice)
Steve Blum ... Self-Portrait (voice)
Julien Bouanich Julien Bouanich ... (voice)
Colin DePaula Colin DePaula ... Gum (voice)
Serge Faliu Serge Faliu ... (voice)
Wayne Grayson ... Quill (voice) (as Vinnie Penna)
Jason Griffith ... Additional Voice (voice)
Thierry Jahn Thierry Jahn ... (voice)
Christopher Kromer Christopher Kromer ... Gray Morgen (voice)
Jean-François Laguionie ... (voice)
Adrien Larmande Adrien Larmande ... (voice)
Gary Littman ... (voice)
Mary Elizabeth McGlynn ... Florence (voice)
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Storyline

A château, flowering gardens, a threatening forest, here is what, for mysterious reasons, a Painter has left incomplete. Three kinds of characters live in this painting: the Toupins, who are entirely painted, the Pafinis, who lack a few colors, and the Reufs, who are only sketches. Considering themselves superior, the Toupins take over power, chase the Pafinis from the château, and enslave the Reufs. Convinced that only the Painter can restore harmony by finishing the painting, Ramo, Lola, and Plume decided to go looking for him. Throughout the adventure, questions will follow one after the other: What has become of the Painter? Why did he abandon them? Why did he begin destroying some of his paintings? Will they one day know the Painter's secret? Written by lletaif

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

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Break on through to the other side.


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Official Sites:

Official site [Belgium]

Country:

France | Belgium | Canada

Language:

French

Release Date:

10 May 2013 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Le tableau See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,626, 12 May 2013, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$11,229, 26 May 2013
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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The graphic style of the animation references several French painters, among which Henri Matisse, André Derain and Pierre Bonnard. See more »

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Beautiful, and sweet, and a bit dull as a story, sad to say!
2 May 2014 | by secondtakeSee all my reviews

The Painting (2011)

If you like animated films in general, and like inventive ones in particular, see this. I think it's good on many levels—the story, the style, the feeling. Even the sentimental ending.

But my taste for animation varies wildly. I loved "Monsters, Inc." and hated "Pocahontas." Anime leaves me cold. It isn't enough to dazzle me with animation tricks, nor to play with children's stories in inventive ways on screen.

So this story works with lots of familiar (too familiar) tropes—types of friends, heroes, problems that we know well. The animation (French) is different than both Pixar and Disney styles we know well, and also different than, say Wallace and Gromit (which wasn't American). But it isn't self-sustaining. I mean, it's a little constrained and polite, even when it is taking visual chances. It's all very "nice" all the time, and that goes with the friendly quality of the movie, too.

I sound like a curmudgeon. Not so (I think)! But I tried and tried to get absorbed and just got, well, bored. Sad to say. Judge for yourself. I will say that I think you need to give it a half an hour or so to get into some of the range of the film. But then, if it hasn't hooked you, it probably won't.


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